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A few months ago, Pearson Education contacted me to see if I would accept a copy of WordPress In Depth by Bud Smith and Michael McCallister to do a review and a giveaway. I don’t usually have time to do book reviews, but I was interested in how this book presented WordPress to the new user and whether it would be something I can recommend to you. I accepted the copy and agreed to do the giveaway. (Insert happy, “YAY!” from the gallery.)
I’ll be giving away five copies of WordPress In Depth
and the instructions for entry will be at the end of this post. But first let me tell you why you’ll want to win this book.
I really liked that this book tackles both WordPress.com (the hosted version) and WordPress.org (the self-hosted version). Bud and Michael explain the differences between the two options, then proceed to explain how to use both, including links to WordPress resources for beginner questions, set up for askismet spam filter, and frequently asked WordPress questions.
My favorite thing about this book, though, is that, even if you’ve never blogged, you can pick up this book, follow its instructions, and have working WordPress.com or WordPress.org blog very quickly. If you’re using WordPress.com (hosted), the book walks you through everything from changing your blog settings (e.g., general, privacy, and discussion) — including those settings you won’t find in your dashboard (e.g., rating posts, pages, and comments) to choosing a theme (the book actually lists and describes many themes and why they may fit your needs). If you’re using WordPress.org (self-hosted), the authors walk you through how to choose a server and FTP files, then help you set up your blog with themes and settings. Instructions that could easily confuse a novice are clearly written using easy-to-understand language.
Other topics in the book include:
- choosing and using a custom domain name
- understanding, choosing, and installing plug-ins and widgets
- PHP basics (PHP is the scripting language for WordPress)
- including graphics in your posts
- tracking your stats
- using XML, XHTML, and CSS to build your own theme
In short, this book is useful to beginners and intermediate users of WordPress. That’s quite a feat in my estimation because it’s hard to cover enough information for a beginner and still offer useful tips to those who are already familiar with the software. This book does it, though, and I recommend you either win one of the five copies I’m giving away or go buy a copy for yourself (or a friend who’s using WordPress).
To win a copy of WordPress In Depth, please leave me a comment below telling me why you’d like to win this book. Are you a newbie trying to figure out where to start your blog? Or have you been at this a while and are interested in installing WordPress.org?
You can also tweet about this giveaway. If you do, just leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet. Not sure what to tweet? You can come up with your own Tweet, click on the ReTweet button after this post (it’s down there by the Share and Enjoy links), or cut and paste this into your Twitter stream:
Blogging Basics 101 is giving away 5 copies of WordPress In Depth. Great for beginner & intermediate bloggers! http://bit.ly/cyDYvv
You can find the permalink to your tweet by going to your Twitter profile page (twitter.com/username), finding your tweet, then clicking on the timestamp.
The URL of the resulting page is what you need to leave in the comment.
***Only one tweet per day, please; we don’t want to spam the Twittersphere, we just want them to know the giveaway is here.
I’ll choose a winner on Friday, April 23 using Random.org. Good luck!